Toshiba Introduces Six New Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) LCD Panels for Industrial Use

New Display Panels Meet the Needs of Various Environments and Applications

TOKYO and IRVINE, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co., Ltd. (TMD)**, and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, TMD's sales and marketing representative in the Americas, have expanded their lineup of industrial-use thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal displays (LCD) with six new modules. The new products include a 12.1-inch SVGA (800 x 600) panel with ultra-high brightness of 1,000 candelas/meter sq. (cd/m sq.) for improved viewability for vending machines, ticket dispensers, or other equipment installed outdoors; 3.5- and 5.7-inch QVGA (320 x 240) modules with enhanced resolution and replaceable LED backlights for use in measuring instruments and handheld computing devices; high-brightness 10.4-inch and lightweight 8.4-inch modules to expand TMD's popular SVGA line; and a new 7.0-inch module to expand TMD's WVGA (800 x 480) wide-screen lineup. Each of the new LCD modules has been designed so that it could be equipped with an optional resistive touch panel. The displays are RoHS-Compatible(1), and have been designed to meet the requirements of the European Union's Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive(2).

The newly developed modules will be exhibited in TMD's booth at the 10th Embedded Systems Technology Expo & Conference (ESEC) at Tokyo Big Sight from May 16 through May 18, 2007, and also at the 2007 SID (Society for Information Display) International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition at Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California, USA from May 22 through May 24, 2007.

12.1-inch Module with Improved Outdoor Viewability

The 12.1-inch SVGA module, LTD121C35S, has been developed for improved viewability in an outdoor environment, which makes it ideal for point-of-sale terminals (POS), ATMs, vending machines, ticket dispensers, and other equipment installed outside. Improved viewability is achieved through ultra-high brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 featuring approximately 80 percent reduction in the surface reflection of natural light, compared to existing models. In addition, the backlight has been optimized for light utilization efficiency and heat dissipation. These improvements have been attained with only a 3mm increase in panel thickness to 14mm, compared to the 11mm of thickness of TMD's conventional 12.1-inch high-brightness industrial modules.

The mechanical mounting and electrical interfaces are compatible with TMD's conventional high-brightness 12.1-inch modules, which makes it possible to easily use the new panel in existing designs, thus enabling customers to efficiently utilize resources.

3.5-inch and 5.7-inch Modules

The new 3.5-inch and 5.7-inch QVGA (320 x 240) modules, designated LTA035A350F and LTA057A340F, respectively, are targeted for use in measuring instruments, mobile or handheld computing devices, scales, rack-mounted servers and other equipment that requires high-definition images for enhanced viewability and legibility.

The newly developed modules incorporate a high-brightness LED backlight, which eliminates the need for inverters, thus reducing electromagnetic noise. The LED backlight also contributes to a thinner and more compact module, with lower power consumption to extend battery life. Furthermore, due to TMD's original mechanical designs, the new modules accommodate side and clip mounting, and the 5.7-inch also supports rear mounting, which offers customers more flexibility for mechanical design. In addition, the newly developed modules are designed with replaceable LED backlights in order to meet the need for long-term use in industrial applications.

10.4-inch and 8.4-inch SVGA Modules

TMD's existing 12.1-inch and 8.4-inch SVGA modules have been well received by customers in the industrial sector, and there has been an increasing demand for an expanded range of SVGA resolution screen sizes. In response, TMD has developed a new high-brightness 10.4-inch SVGA (800 x 600) module, the LTA104D182F, thus expanding TMD's SVGA high-brightness series to include 8.4-inch, 10.4-inch, and 12.1-inch panels sizes, which are most frequently used in industrial applications.

In 8.4-inch size, a new module, the LTA084C191F, has been developed to meet the increasing demand for reduction in both weight and thickness for battery-powered handheld computing devices such as portable test equipment, portable medical diagnostic equipment, and industrial equipment controllers, as well as food and drink ordering terminals. The newly developed 8.4-inch module has attained further reduction in both weight and thickness while retaining the features of TMD's industrial-use LCD panels such as vibration- and impact-resistance and long-life. Compared to TMD's existing high-brightness 8.4-inch SVGA industrial modules, this new module weighs 290g (a 100g reduction) and is 6.5mm thick (a 5mm reduction).

The new 8.4-inch and 10.4-inch SVGA modules utilize TMD's core technology of low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS), which integrates driver circuits onto the glass, thus significantly decreasing the number of connections between the glass and external circuits, and providing a stronger structure to withstand mechanical stress.

7-inch WVGA Module

The market demand for wide-screen LCD panels is growing in office equipment such as multi-function printers (MFPs), copy machines, and facsimiles, as well as in other applications such as electronic musical instruments, and point-of-sale terminals. Demand for industrial use wide- screen LCD panels is growing. These devices are increasingly required to display more information when space is limited in the vertical direction due to mechanical design. To address this need, TMD has developed a new 7.0-inch WVGA module, complementing its current 8.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) module for industrial use.

In view of the market need, the new 7.0-inch module, the LTA070A320F, is designed with a narrow bezel and extended lamp life (life expectancy: 50,000 hours).

    Pricing and availability
    The sample price and production availability for each model is as follows.

    Screen Size     Model Name            Sample Price      Availability
    3.5-inch        LTA035A350F              $200               Now
    5.7-inch        LTA057A340F              $200               Now
    7-inch          LTA070A320F              $300               Now
    8.4-inch        LTA084C191F              $500              Q3'07
    10.4-inch       LTA104D182F              $500               Now
    12.1-inch       LTD121C35S               $700               Now

    The product specifications are summarized below for individual modules.

    12.1-inch (diagonal 31 cm)
    Product - model name        LTD121C35S
    Intended application        POS, ATM, vending machines, ticket
                                 dispensers, etc.
    Resolution                  SVGA (800 x 600)
    Backlight                   4-lamps cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL)
    Operating temperature
     range                      -20 to 70 Degrees C
    Outline dimensions
     (W x H x D) mm             278.2 x 215.8  x  14.0
        Active  area  (W  x  H)  mm            245.9  x  184.56
        Brightness                                    1,000  cd/m  sq.
        Contrast  ratio                            500
        Viewing  angle
          (CR  >  or  =  10)                          Vertical:  120  Degrees,  Horizontal:  140  Degrees

        3.5-inch  (diagonal  9  cm)
        5.7-inch  (diagonal  14  cm)
        Product-model  name                        LTA035A350F                          LTA057A340F
        Intended  application                  Portable  handheld  computing  equipment,
                                                                  measuring  instruments,  panel  computers
        Resolution                                                          QVGA  (320  x  240)
        Backlight                                                        Replaceable  LED  type
                                                                        (life  expectancy  of  20,000  hours)
        Operating  temperature  range                        -20  to  70  Degrees  C
        Outline  dimensions
        (W  x  H  x  D)  mm                            90.0  x  72.0  x  7.0          144.0  x  104.6  x  8.3
        Active  area  (W  x  H)  mm              71.04  x  53.28                        115.2  x  86.4
        Brightness                                        350  cd/m  sq.                        350  cd/m  sq.
        Contrast  ratio                                      350                                          500
        Viewing  angle
          (CR  >  or  =  10)                  Vertical:    120  Degrees,        Vertical:  120  Degrees,
                                                        Horizontal:  140  Degrees        Horizontal:  140  Degrees

        10.4-inch  (diagonal  26  cm)
        Product  -  model  name                LTA104D182F
        Intended  application                POS,  factory  automation,  test  equipment
        Resolution                                    SVGA  (800  x  600)
        Backlight                                      2-lamps  cold-cathode  fluorescent  lamp  (CCFL)
        Operating  temperature
          range                                            -20  to  70  Degrees  C
        Outline  dimensions
          (W  x  H  x  D)  mm                          242.0  x  178.45  x  13.2
        Active  area  (W  x  H)  mm            211.2  x  158.4
        Brightness                                    400  cd/m  sq.
        Contrast  ratio                            450
        Viewing  angle
          (CR  >  or  =  10)                          Vertical:  100  Degrees,  Horizontal:  120  Degrees

        8.4-inch  (diagonal  21  cm)
        Product  -  model  name                LTA084C191F
        Intended  application                Handheld  computing  devices
        Resolution                                    SVGA  (800  x  600)
        Backlight                                      Single-lamp  cold-cathode  fluorescent
                                                                  lamp  (CCFL)
        Operating  temperature
          range                                            -20  to  70  Degrees  C
        Outline  dimensions
          (W  x  H  x  D)  mm                          203.0  x  143.5  x  6.5
        Active  area  (W  x  H)  mm            170.4  x  127.8
        Brightness                                    250  cd/m  sq.
        Contrast  ratio                            400
        Viewing  angle
          (CR  >  or  =  10)                          Vertical:  100  Degrees,  Horizontal:  120  Degrees

        7-inch  (diagonal  18  cm)
        Product  -  model  name                LTA070A320F
        Intended  application                Multifunction  printers,  electronic  musical
                                                                  instruments,  point  of  sale  terminals,  etc.
        Resolution                                    WVGA  (800  x  480)
        Backlight                                      Single-lamp  cold-cathode  fluorescent  lamp
        Operating  temperature
          range                                            -20  to  70  Degrees  C
        Outline  dimensions
          (W  x  H  x  D)  mm                          170.8  x  110.0  x  8.7
        Active  area  (W  x  H)  mm            152.4  x  91.44
        Brightness                                    350  cd/m  sq.
        Contrast  ratio                            450
        Viewing  angle  (CR>=10)            Vertical:  110  Degrees,  Horizontal:  120  Degrees


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